Apply for Certification

Once you receive your email informing you that you have successfully passed the exam, you can start the Certification Application.

If you have passed the Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) exam, there is no work experience requirement, so your application will contain questions and agreements regarding your adherence to the ISC2 Code of Ethics and privacy policy.

For all other certifications, you will be required to provide an endorser – another ISC2-certified professional in good standing – who can attest to your experience. If you do not know another ISC2-certified professional, you can opt for ISC2 to endorse you.

Your endorser will attest that your assertions regarding professional experience are true to the best of the endorser’s knowledge, and that you are in good standing within the cybersecurity industry. You will need the endorser’s member/certification number when filling out the online application.

You will also be asked to provide your relevant work experience (requirements vary by certification) and can also provide any experience waiver based on certifications held or higher education degrees completed. Earning a post-secondary degree (bachelors or masters) in computer science, information technology (IT) or related fields may satisfy up to one year of the required experience. Alternatively, a credential from the ISC2 approved list may satisfy up to one year of the required experience. Please note that only one year of experience requirements may be waived by either education or certification.

Once your certification application has been approved, the final step in the process is to pay your first Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) . If you already hold an ISC2 certification you will not have to pay an additional AMF for your latest certification.

Application Time Limit

All candidates who pass an ISC2 credential examination must complete the certification application process within nine months of their exam date.

Please note: A percentage of the candidates who pass an ISC2 examination and submit certification applications will be randomly subjected for audit and required to submit additional information, as required, for verification. You will be notified via email if your application is selected for audit.

Questions about becoming an ISC2 Member? Connect with your peers on the ISC2 Community Become a Member discussion board.